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'Yellow Noisette' rose Description
'Smith's Yellow China' rose photo
Photo courtesy of CybeRose
HMF Ratings:
8 favorite votes.  
ARS:
Deep yellow Tea.
Origin:
Bred by William Smith (United Kingdom, 1829).
Introduced in Australia by Darling Nursery in 1851 as 'Yellow Noisette'.
Introduced in Australia by John J. Rule, Victoria Nursery in 1857 as 'Smithii'.
Class:
Noisette, Tea.  
Bloom:
Light yellow, darker center.  Strong fragrance.  Large, double (17-25 petals), cluster-flowered, in large clusters, globular bloom form.  Blooms in flushes throughout the season.  
Habit:
Climbing.  
Growing:
USDA zone 6b through 9b (default).  Blooms tend to ball in wet weather.  
Notes:
See References. Latter-day classifications of this rose as a Tea raise questions whether the same rose bears the correct name or whether growing conditions produce a highly variable result. The earliest description describes it as blooming in clusters of 10-22 blooms, suggesting that it was a noisette, not a Tea.

See the 1831 reference for more on the parentage.
 
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